Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tip#437: Movies with Great Lessons For Children - Nanny McPhee
Since I knew that movies could be teaching tools I brought over a children's film the next time I was babysitting this little boy. We had fun and laughed and maybe some of the movie's lessons spoke to him. At the very least I believe the seeds of the lessons had nestled somewhere in his heart and mind.
Nanny McPhee 2005
The family movie Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) is about a nanny who uses magic to help teach 7 unruly children to behave better. The film takes place in 19th century England where Nanny McPhee helps the father of the children, widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) who clearly has his hands full!
The boy I was babysitting seemed to enjoy the movie. We both laughed out loud at all the poop and fart jokes! And when Nanny McPhee goes through her 5 Lessons with the children I hoped that he somehow heard the lessons delivered in imaginative and magical ways.
First Lesson: To go to bed when they are told
Second Lesson: To get up when they are told
Third Lesson: To get dressed when they are told
Fourth Lesson: To listen (and say thank you)
Fifth Lesson: To do as they are told
Have you discovered a movie with great lessons for children?
Do you have children and know a film that teaches great lessons for them? Do you know favourite movies of a child that you know have valuable lessons? If so please let me know in the comment section below. Your movie discovery could help many other parents and caregivers!
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